Phillip Campbell

OAM FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

General Manager Technical Standards

Australian Rail Track Corporation

Phillip Campbell has 40 years’ experience leading teams in the engineering, maintenance and project management domains. He is currently the General Manager Technical Standards for Australian Rail Track Corporation.

Phillip holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, MSc (Structural Design) and a Graduate Diploma in Railway Operations. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, Chartered Engineer, EngExec and Chair of the SA Chapter of the Engineers Australia College of Leadership and Management. He was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2013 for services to engineering. Phillip was awarded the Engineers Australia Professional Engineer of the Year for 2017.

How long have you been a member of Engineers Australia?
I became a member of Engineers Australia in 1985, so 34 years.

Why did you pursue a career in engineering?
My father was an engineer and I was attracted to the work and what could be achieved by engineers.

How can Australian communities/people/society benefit from your work now and in the future?
The two most important benefits that engineers provide society are the products we create and how we articulate our approach to the problems that society faces.

What is the most challenging or interesting project you’ve ever worked on?
Project Wedgetail was a very challenging project; providing the RAAF with a Boeing 737 based airborne early warning capability. The resulting aircraft fleet have proven to be critical to RAAF operations.

Why did you become a volunteer mentor for the Chartered peer support group in South Australia?
Volunteering to support younger engineers to aid their development is an important role for senior engineers.

What do you see as one of the biggest issues facing the engineering profession?
We need to address the issue of the future education of engineering students, to ensure they are prepared for the world they find themselves in.

What excites you about the future of the profession or what opportunities do you see for the future?
It is exciting to contemplate the contributions engineers can make to global challenges identified as critical to the future of society. We must step up to these challenges and not wait for problems to deepen.

Who is your engineering hero?
Sir John Monash for applying his engineering skills to a wicked military problem. His success saved many lives and contributed to shortening the First World War.

Image: Courtesy of Phillip Campbell.